Last night on “The Bolt Report”, Newscorp columnist Andrew Bolt revealed that he has had to move his children after receiving a “string of death threats” against his family. He was talking to One Nation’s now-Senator, Pauline Hanson. The death threat allegedly came after Bolt wrote an article condemning Grand Mufti, Dr. Ibrahim Abu Mohummad. Bolt stated:
The Grand Mufti of Australia has just proved that Pauline Hanson is right to feel threatened by Islam in this country.
I don’t care whether you think Bolt is a legend or nutter. I don’t care if you agree with him or whether you don’t. I don’t care if you are a traditional Coalition, Labor, or Greens supporter, the fact that Bolt’s family has had to move due to fear for their lives is an absolute disgrace and the media needs to start calling it out. Having a fierce disagreement is one thing. Threatening someone to the point that they fear for the safety of their family is another.
Again, I don’t care if you think that Andrew Bolt is a legend or nutcase. NO ONE should feel threatened by having an opinion and doing what they are paid to do. The whole country needs to wake up. It’s becoming very, very dangerous.
I’m going to be blunt about this too – we do need to get real about Islam. It does need a reform and be modified to suit the 21st century, especially in a democracy like Australia’s. Pauline Hanson has gone as far as to say that there should be a Royal Commission into Islam; something that Bolt has doubts about. For me, I can’t see what good a Royal Commission will do. The change needs to come from within: from the imams, the Koranic scholars, etc. They need to work out how to deal with the period when Muhammad was in Medina – when everything apparently turned bloody and violent.
Now, not all Muslims are like this. I get it. Andrew Bolt and Pauline Hanson have both said the same thing. This isn’t about attacking anyone from a specific racial background or marginalising innocent Muslims. But something has got to change. Someone has to speak out and the person that does needs to be taken seriously. If something doesn’t happen, then, quite frankly, someone could get hurt. Or worse.